Shutesbury is located in southeastern Franklin County and is bordered to the west by Leverett and the south by Pelham. The Swift River flows through town, feeding into the Quabbin Reservoir, which borders Shutesbury’s southeast edge.
Early industry included lumbering and cottages/inns for travelers. The many mineral springs also brought in several bottling businesses. Today the town of Shutesbury is very rural with lots of natural scenery and a population under 2,000 people.